1857 - Launch of ROYAL SOVEREIGN

25th April. Launch of Royal Sovereign the first turret ironclad in the Royal Navy. She was laid down as 121 gun ship of the line but, while completing, the decision was made to rebuild her as a Turret ship which completely altered her appearance. The conversion took two years and was the first of much large conversion carried out in the Dockyard. The Royal Sovereign was the only wooden Turret ship to be built for the Royal Navy.